One of the first things you need to imagine is what constitutes an immediate pool. To put it simply, the idea is that your pool area is exclusively dedicated to the pool and activities associated with the pool (such as sunbathing, outdoor eating, etc.). Building codes require pool gate doors to close automatically or have audible alarms to ensure doors are closed immediately after the door is used. The rules for pool fences remain largely the same, however, the new law requires council to inspect pool fences at least once every three years. All pools deeper than 40 cm must have a physical barrier that: If a door or window in a wall is part of a pool fence Non-compliance with the Building Act, 2004 means that the board can issue a Notice of Repair (NTF) to pool owners. An NTF is issued for non-compliance or non-compliance with the Building Act (e.g., failure to restrict access to a residential pool; Failure to obtain a building permit). Safety Video for Underground Pools Safety Video for Small Heated Pools Safety Video for Above Ground Pools Research shows that fencing reduces drowning of young children in domestic pools. The latch must be positioned so that it cannot be reached by a child outside the pool. This can be achieved by providing all the information you need regarding the new pool/spa fencing requirements, including diagrams. This means you can`t plan to have things that aren`t pool-related in your pool (like a clothesline or vegetable garden).

Similarly, your pool cannot be used as a communication route to other areas not related to the pool. The main causes of drowning or injury in children five years of age and under in swimming pools are: By law, all pools, including small heated pools (spas, spas, spas, etc.), must have a barrier to prevent unsupervised access to the pool immediately for children under five. Anyone with hands-on child care experience knows that it is not possible to supervise young children all the time. Even the most cautious parent can be distracted from time to time. Enough time for a small child to enter and fall into an unfenced or unsecured pool. Even if a toddler is saved from drowning, the result is not always happy. If a child`s brain is deprived of oxygen for just a few minutes, the child can suffer moderate to severe damage. If your pool gate has a bounding building or fence, see Other structures used as part of the pool barrier. If your pool can be 400mm deep or more, it must be properly fenced.

The Building Act of 2004 now requires that all residential pools be inspected at least every three years. This reflected the perception at the time that the greatest danger came from children getting lost on property. This actually happens, but subsequent research in New Zealand and overseas has shown that most accidents happen to the children of pool owners or their legitimate visitors. Young children are at risk if they have full access to the pools, whether the pool is indoors or outdoors. As a result, indoor pools are now subject to the same barrier requirements as other residential bathrooms. For example, children should not be able to easily open the doors of the billiard room. The doors of the billiard room must be self-closing or have an alarm. Pool fences must meet the standard required by law. This requires existing pools to be fenced in accordance with the specifications of New Zealand Standard 8500:2006. A new fence or modifications to an existing fence must meet the performance standards of the building code and F9/AS1 and F9/AS2. One important thing to consider when planning your new pool is the pool fence. Every pool in New Zealand must have a barrier sufficient to prevent unsupervised children from accidentally drowning.

As a pool owner, it is your responsibility to ensure that your pool is safe and secure. A secure border fence is not enough. It would not be in accordance with the law. However, under strict conditions, part of a border fence can be used as part of a pool fence. The wall of a building can be part of the fence if it complies with the Building Act 2004, as amended. You may choose to have a pool audit done by the board or by an independently qualified pool inspector. In addition to the three annual inspections, territorial authorities also have the ability to inspect any residential pool, including small heated pools, at any time to determine if pool gate requirements are being met. If a building forms an immediate barrier in the pool, in whole or in part: Unfortunately, it can also pose a mortal danger to young children and a significant number of young children have drowned in private pools and thermal pools. For more information about F9 Restricting Access to Residential Pools, visit the Building Performance website. People renting or renting a house with a pool must ensure that the pool is empty if it does not have a fence that complies with the law.

If a door or window in a wall is part of a pelvic barrier, the door must not be opened by children and must emit an audible warning or close automatically after use. Window openings must be designed or positioned to restrict the passage of children. All doors allowing direct access to the pool shall be self-closing and self-locking and equipped with a locking device at least 1500 mm above the ground or an approved alarm. For most people, navigating the different rules surrounding pool fences can seem like hard work – there`s so much to think about and it can be hard to get it right. While you may not have young children or grandchildren yourself, children of relatives or friends may be able to visit you. (Often, children who drown in private pools live on the property or are invited visitors.) The maximum permissible distance under a barrier or fence is 100 mm. Therefore, the law requires that all pools be fenced in accordance with the standard it establishes. The fence must completely surround the pool and must prevent young children from entering the pool from any part of the property. The outer latches must be at least 1500 mm above the ground and the internal latch must only be accessible through the door if the hole in the gate is at a minimum height of 1200 mm above ground level/finished floor measured outside the pool. Pool owners can choose who conducts the mandatory inspection of their pool – either the territorial authority or an Independent Qualified Pool Inspector (IQPI). The IQPI is a person recognized by the Ministry of Economy, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) as authorized to carry out regular checks. All ratings on F9 Restricting access to residential pools All doors and gates must open outside the pool.

Each door shall be equipped with an automatic closing and locking device that closes and engages from any open position. If you have any questions or need help with your pool, please contact your municipal government. If we have registered your pool as empty, contact us for an inspection before filling it. Pool owners can apply to the council for an exemption from the law. When granting an exemption, the Council may set certain conditions that the pool or property must meet. The Council may grant an exception or special condition only if it ensures equal or greater protection. There are existing pools that were built before the law came into force. These were often subject to an ordinance that only required the property itself to be properly fenced. If you have an upcoming pool fence inspection or just want to make sure your pool is compliant and safe, do a self-audit by checking your pool against our checklist. “Immediate area of the pool means the land where or on which the pool is located and most of the environment used for activities related to or with the pool.” In short, the rules state that your immediate pool must be fully fenced. The Buildings (Swimming Pools) (Amendment) Act 2016 repeals the Swimming Pool Fencing Act 1987 and includes new provisions in the Building Act 2004 relating to residential swimming pools.

Acceptable Solution F9/AS1 provides more information on building a pool barrier. On 1 January 2017, a new law on swimming pool safety came into force. Pool owners and individuals, including tenants, who have pools on their property all have obligations under the law. Pool owners must inform the board if they have a pool or if they intend to obtain or build one. A building permit is required and the fencing of all pools must be fenced in accordance with the standard established in the law. If a pool is not fenced to this standard, the owner must ensure that the pool is kept empty. No. If your pool meets the following criteria, you do not need a pool safety barrier.